Oklahoma City Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers
No matter how attentive or safe you are while driving, there’s often nothing you can do to prevent a distracted driver from crashing into you. Whether the other driver was texting, talking on the phone, or simply daydreaming, that moment of distraction can cause you a lifetime of pain.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a crash caused by a distracted driver, you should know about your right to compensation. At Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons, our Oklahoma City distracted driving accident lawyers have helped countless victims recover the money they need for pay for medical bills, vehicle damage, and lost wages, as well as compensation to account for their pain and suffering. We take a strong stand against insurance companies that try to shirk their responsibilities, and we will take your case to court if a full and fair settlement cannot be reached.
Don’t wait to seek legal help after a distracted driving accident. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable and compassionate car accident attorney. Our law firm does not charge legal fees to begin working on your case, and we only get paid if we recover compensation for you.
How We Investigate Distracted Driving Car Accident Claims
If you have suffered serious (and costly) injuries in a crash, you can expect to face an uphill battle against the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Profit-driven insurance companies will offer low-ball settlements, deny valid claims, or try to shift the blame onto victims in order to avoid full payouts.
However, our skilled Oklahoma auto accident attorneys understand insurance company tactics and will build a strong case for maximum compensation. Our team will investigate your accident to uncover all available evidence. This includes but may not be limited to:
- Obtaining the police accident report to determine whether the other driver received a ticket for distracted driving, which is illegal in Oklahoma. Even if no ticket was issued, this accident report can provide crucial evidence for your claim.
- Examining the accident scene and vehicle damage. Distracted drivers often fail to brake or brake late. This may result in a lack of skid marks or skid marks that are short. It also results in greater vehicle damage.
- Gathering statements from you, your passengers, and/or witnesses. People may have seen the other driver talking on the phone, texting, or otherwise not paying attention to the road right before the accident.
- Obtaining the other driver’s cellphone records, which could indicate activity at the time of the crash.
- Gaining access to the other driver’s debit or credit card records, which are time-and-date-stamped and could indicate food or drink purchases immediately prior to the crash.
- Accessing social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.), where drivers in crashes often post incriminating information.
- Searching for and obtaining surveillance camera footage. Particularly in Oklahoma’s urban areas, there are many security cameras that record what we do. We will check the areas around your crash site for footage that may depict or shed light on your accident.
- Obtaining event data recorder (EDR) evidence. Late-model automobiles in the United States are equipped with EDRs, or “black boxes,” which record data from moments before and after the impact of a crash. An EDR download can identify engine speed, changes in speed, use of brakes, steering trajectory, the number of impacts in the crash, and more evidence.
Car accident evidence must be gathered before it naturally degrades or is lost or destroyed. Once you have engaged us as your attorneys, we can have the other driver’s damaged vehicle, cellphone records, social media accounts, etc., preserved so that they are available to us if and when we need them.
Do not wait to get legal help after a serious motor vehicle accident. Schedule a free consultation with our Oklahoma City distracted driving accident lawyers today to learn how we can make a difference in your case.
Compensation in Distracted Driving Accidents
Part of building a strong personal injury claim is thoroughly documenting your injuries and how they have affected you (and will continue to affect you in the future). In determining what full and fair compensation should be in your case, we will take into consideration:
- All your medical expenses related to the crash, including outstanding bills and future expenses you are expected to face
- Lost income, including losses due to reduced earning capacity if you are unable to return to work and must take a pay cut
- The cost to repair or replace your vehicle
- Your physical and emotional pain and suffering
Our team may consult with doctors and, in cases of disability, vocational rehabilitation specialists and life-care planners to determine expectations for recovery, returning to work, and/or future medical care needs. To us, full and fair compensation should ensure that you are financially able to take care of yourself and your family.
Is Distracted Driving to Blame for Your Car Accident Injuries?
Anything that takes a driver’s attention away from the task of safely operating a motor vehicle is a potentially dangerous distraction. The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office considers the use of electronic devices — particularly using a phone and texting while driving — to be the most dire distracted driving safety concern.
However, drivers may be dangerously distracted by engaging in any nondriving activity, as well as by paying more attention to objects, people, or events outside of their vehicles than to driving.
The most common causes of distracted driving accidents are:
- Texting while driving
- Talking on a cellphone or smartphone
- Using other electronics, including the vehicle’s radio and GPS navigation system
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers, particularly those in rear seats
- Attending to children or pets, particularly in rear seats
- Grooming (applying on makeup, shaving, brushing teeth, etc.)
- Reading, including looking at maps or travel brochures
- Watching videos
- Posting to social media accounts
There is no excuse for distracted driving. Those who choose to operate a motor vehicle have a responsibility to everyone else on the road. Drivers who neglect that responsibility should be held responsible for the harm they cause.
Talk to Our Oklahoma City Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys Today
If you’ve been hurt in a motor vehicle accident in Oklahoma, contact our full-service personal injury law firm today. Our compassionate car accident lawyers have earned the respect of our peers and our adversaries for the strength of the accident claims we prepare for clients. Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons is dedicated to fighting for the full compensation our clients deserve, and insurance companies know we will not back down.
Schedule a free consultation about your car accident claim today. We can meet with you wherever is most convenient, including at your home or in the hospital. Contact us now to get started.Get Started